For the bubbles I purchased the kids bubble blowing stuff you can buy at the dollar store. It came with the a small bubble blower. You can also use a straw to blow the bubble.
To the commercial bubble mixture, I added Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid ( It is blue) . No specific amount , just a squirt. I also added some glycerine ( I purchased it at CVS pharmacy). Again, just a couple of squirts in the bubble mixture. It was really trial and error. If the bubbles would not get big enough, I would squirt some more Dawn into the bottle
I just used the bubble wand blew it onto the surface . It might take a few tries to get one to stick and to be big enough. I found it the surface is wet, the bubble will stick better.
For the liquid I used for the drops, it was plain water with a few drops of glycerine in it. On some I just added food coloring.
Hope this helps. If not just let me know. No trade secrets, here
Thanks HBB! Flash is something I really need to work on and learn more about. I have tried shooting in CH . However, at most times the flash recycling time can't keep up, but I could be doing something wrong I am going to read the manual and see what I can play around with.
>Excellent photos of a subject that I've never been able to >photograph. My inevitable question: what was your >post-processing workflow? > >Mp
Thank you MP very much. I use a macro lens, manual settings and manual focusing. I let the water drops fall, hold a tooth pick where they are falling and focus on the tooth pick. That is the only way I have found to get the drops in focus. After I focused, I blew the bubble over the spot where the drops would fall. The rest is just a lot of shots
My post processing can vary and don't really have a set process, but generally-
Open in LR4 Do any exposure adjustments ( No sharpening or noise reduction in LR) Move to CS6 for editing- Crop Do noise reduction using Nik Define 2 Sometimes I will select the subject only , inverse selection and do background noise reduction only if the subject does not need noise reduction. I find this helps give a bit of separation of the subject from the background. At this point , I may also do a bit of blur on the background . ( Select subject, inverse, filter, blur, focus blur) I will do curves adjustment if needed Just started using Topaz Clarify ( Did use it on these shots) I really like this Topaz program. Resize Then output sharpening using Nik ProSharpener
That is basically it.
I hope this helps, if you need any more detailed info or how to, just let me know.